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IAASB Welcomes PCAOB's New Enhanced Auditor Reporting Standard

Aug 1, 2017 | New York, New York | English

The International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (IAASB) welcomes the adoption by the US Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) of a new auditing standard to enhance auditor’s reports by providing additional, relevant information to users, including critical audit matters.

The PCAOB’s new standard, which is subject to US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approval, is comparable with the IAASB’s new and revised Auditor Reporting Standards, which require the communication of key audit matters in auditor’s reports of listed entities and became effective for December 2016 year-end audits.

“The PCAOB’s adoption of a standard to enhance auditor’s reports is a significant step forward in providing useful and relevant information to investors and other users,” said Prof. Arnold Schilder, IAASB Chairman. “Auditor’s reports are no longer “boilerplate” reports—auditors are now providing additional information about the audit, which is highly valued by users. We are particularly pleased that the PCAOB’s requirements are comparable to those of the IAASB. Coordination among standard setters is important in striving toward auditing standards that are, in principle, globally consistent.”

Two new publications comparing the IAASB and PCAOB standards have been developed by the IAASB’s Auditor Reporting Implementation Working Group. These publications will assist users in understanding the key similarities and differences between the IAASB and PCAOB requirements. Additional information on the IAASB’s new and revised Auditor Reporting Standards, as well as support materials, are available online.

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